Antonio Giovinazzi says the new Turn 10 configuration at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is “much better” than the previous one, but admits it remains a difficult, crucial corner.

Drivers had expressed mixed opinions about the layout change for the Spanish Grand Prix. Alfa Romeo driver Giovinazzi says the new Turn 10 is “much better than the previous configuration” as he also talked about the team’s performance.

“All in all, it was a positive day in which we showed to be really close to the top ten. We need to find something more while looking at the data tonight, but we know qualifying will be decided by the smalles of margins.

“The track layout has improved, I like the new turn ten. I think it’s much better than the previous configuration. It remains a difficult corner and can make the difference on the single lap.”

Kimi Raikkonen talked about his performance on Friday, saying the team can remain optimistic for the rest of the weekend as the car ‘didn’t feel too bad’ for the Finnish driver.

“I was able to do a good number of laps in the afternoon, which is always positive. I know the track really well and there is effectively only one new corner to learn.

“The car didn’t feel too bad so we can be optimistic ahead of the rest of the weekend. We have work to do tonight, but so does everyone and we will see tomorrow where we end up in qualifying.”

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